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Flathead fundraiser nets $19,000 for Bench family

Bench Fill the Boot
Posted at 5:20 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 11:42:52-05

KALISPELL — Fire departments across the Flathead Valley say Saturday’s “Fill the Boot” fundraiser in honor of Maverick Bench and his family was a "community-wide success."

Smith Valley Fire Department officials say eight Flathead fire departments and two coffee shops raised close to $19,000 in total for the Bench family.

Hundreds of supporters donated funds to help the Bench family offset expenses incurred while fighting beside Maverick.

Nine-year-old Maverick tragically passed away from complications from a rare condition at the Children's Hospital of Colorado in January.